Chris Hughton insists he took the Norwich City job with his eyes wide open in regard to the size of the task in trying to retain the club’s Premier League status.

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The Canaries’ remain winless in the league after the latest bruising 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. Grant Holt’s opener was swiftly cancelled out by a first half onslaught from Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard.

City held the Blues at bay after the interval until Branislav Ivanovic’s late half-volley embellished a routine victory for the leaders. Hughton needed no reminding the Canaries’ plight is serious, even this early in the new campaign.

“I knew it would be a tough job. I am following somebody who had a very successful three years but we are seven games into a season. There is a lot of football to be played,” he said. “I don’t feel our season was going to be judged on Chelsea and Manchester United away but how we cope with defeats and get back to winning ways. I am realistic about what the challenge is and it is always there. We have to make sure the players are very, very much up for this challenge.

“I think we are realistic where we are. We haven’t started as well as we would have liked. Fortunately we are there with a group of teams who also haven’t started as well as they would like. We knew this season was going to be a test and it is important everything pulls together and gets the form back we showed before the Liverpool game.

“We are on the back of two very poor games for us. The previous four we were guilty of playing well enough to win games, but not being clinical and finishing teams off.”

Sebastien Bassong made a welcome injury return but City were again over run in similar fashion to the previous weekend’s Liverpool mauling at Carrow Road.

“If I look at it I was probably more upset and disappointed last week because it was a home game,” said Hughton. “You expect to come here and face a lot of problems and to be asked a lot of questions and it is whether you can cope with it well enough on the day and we didn’t.

“I felt all three goals (in the first half) showed we are not defending well enough as a team at the moment. That is the disappointment. The plusses are that against a top, top team we got ourselves in some excellent positions and managed to be a little bit of a threat.

“That is the balance and the result is probably a reflection of where both clubs are at the minute. They have great quality to pick you off and we are just looking too vulnerable.

“As a manager or a coach you will go through the goals but, for me in particular, the first and the third are poor. For the first you expect teams to try and get crosses in and you have to be able to deal with that. We didn’t.”

City’s defensive slackness undermined a perfect start for the visitors when Holt slammed home Leon Barnett’s cushioned far post header.

“To take the lead we certainly needed to be in the game for longer,” said Hughton. “When you come here, and particularly with the offensive quality these have here now, you know it is going to be a tough ask. You know they will dominate possession and create chances so you have to stay in the game longer. Today there were aspects of our play that was quite decent. Wes (Hoolahan) managed to get on the ball and be a threat in his areas and Alex Tettey in the first half was very good for us.”

Hughton was in no doubt City had felt the full force of a genuine title-challenging team at the Bridge.

“They now have more offensive options and there is no doubt they will be right up there come the end of the season,” he said.

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  • Our form this season is just carrying on from the last third of last season when we had just about the worst record in the league. The change of manager is not the cause. CH will sort it out, he was by far the best candidate for the job

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    DaveG

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • As I've said before, if it's in the papers it must be right, just ask the city of Liverpool. More power to your elbow. Why let accuracy get in the way of a good rant?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • well Chris Houghton has not done much to help he says he new it would hard this season then why didn't he buy better defenders as he new we conseaded a lot of goal last season .If he a manager he should of known that Holt might not score as many this sea son and other teams would no what to expect from us a second season in this league and it would be much harder so why did he not buy better players rather then buy from the championship and what a mistake on signing Turner.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • That Spankmeister thing perplexes me. I read it in an article about a brewing conference somewhere. I think it`s an in-joke or a nickname. Advanced search on Leo says `spank` is something to do with chipping?? Thought Swiss might know `cos he told us all about Wankdorf etc. Butterfield not in U 21s last night. Noticeably no comment from Prolix Paddy. Sinister? Or is he about to go out on loan? Hope not injured. Thanks for thought, wivenhoebudgie. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • i feel a sense of covering his own a*se here. C'mon board, do the decent thing. Get a quality gaffer in and quickly. This clown is out of his depth

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    lordyfan

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • The Crab`s Fragmentation Method. Should not be necessary!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Headless chicken I agree with every thing you said. But I would add that I have looked at CH team selection and have been surprised by them. We need to decide our best eleven stick with that as near as possible. I like many others failed to understand why we allowed Vaughn and Ayala to go out on loan when they are both clearly better than some of the players in 25 man squad. I understand that there are question marks over their fitness and maybe match fitness. Why not send them out on loan for say 3 months. Chris Martin , Jackson and Barnett are not of the same quality as JV and Ayala. Ch signings have in the main improved the quality of the quad (Turner excepted). I believe we should get behind CH because I think that things will improve and we will survive given the rub of the green. I also believe that Paul Lambert was happy to go as he could see that this season would not be good for his reputation. Come on you yellows.

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    Thaicanary

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Was listening to talksport on drivetime tonight, the presenters were saying Norwich are the worst team for some years to be playing in the Premiership! I'm worried we will beat Derby's record. I'm my opinion Houghton should stay but Colderwood should go ASAP. He was sacked by Hibs enough said.

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    mattc1

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • ...and what if we do stay up? what do we expect to see next season? Big TV money? Dream on - that's on its way to the bank. Our relagation rivals will, however, be able to spend their windfalls - which will simply inflate the prices to be paid between clubs and to agents and make us competitive with even fewer clubs than we are at present. Left clinging to the hope, like this season, that we lose few enough games to be able to go through it all again. Shut up - i'm deprressing myself!

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    Mikey B

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • And why can't DOBBY1970 spell the manager's name right?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • See! everyone was saying that he couldn't get anything right and he ups and proves you all wrong. He is absolutely right - managing NCFC IS tough. Sadly, tougher than he's ever come across as a manager and too tough for the two failed managers he has as assistants. for me the telling moment was when he didn't try to beat Wet Spam (when they were there for the taking) because he was more afraid of losing. Two points gone along with the two others we shouuld have had by seeing off a woeful QPR. If we are not going to pick up points against our relegation rivals for fear of losing then there really is no hope. I dont think he is necessarily a bad manager - he's just too timid when facing teams around us and giving them too much respect. He does it and the players follow suit in the belief that the manager expects them to get a draw at best.

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    Mikey B

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Ok Madbrewer I have to ask: "What is the Crab's fragmentation method"? I know Ron Atkinson used to call Butch Wilkins "The Crab" because he always passed the ball sideways. Is it a recipe from Ainsley Harriott? Is it a reference to Norwich being shell-shocked after three big defeats? Is it a reference to a nasty antisocial disease? It's driving me mad please explain.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • If CH new is was going to be much harder to stay in this league for a second season why didn't he buy better players ? come on ch we would like to no.

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    DOBBY1970

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Now i know he sounds like Glen Roeder ! Get rid before its to late !

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    Bunny160

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • mattc1; likewise it`s "Calderwood". Mind you, I agree with your sentiments and my attempt to discuss them with you were ethered. Look up Calderwood (aka Calderdash\Bewilderwood) on Wiki. Specially the Holt\Forest bit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • would NCFC98 elaborate on the 20 points total by the chelsea game, where do you think they are coming from. On current performance I see 2 wins and four draws. Something has to change for a much bigger return and i humbly suggest CH sends the team out to win and not to not lose. This will appear at least twice as 503 has just appeared .!!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Some of you City "fans" make me sick. Its the same old story isn't it? As soon as things don't go completely to plan, Boooo sack the manager, pathetic. I love this club as much as the next man and I would stick with CH even if we were relegated. He was my 1st choice for the job, as he was for many others so lets back him, sing our hearts out for the team and stop slagging at every oportunity. I would have taken 17th last year but we over achieved so lets not get carried away here. I'll take 17th again for this season all day long. IHWT

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    lordbesty

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Decent, carefully thought out and relevant contribution consigned to the b****y ether again!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • its a good job we have not started off to well, because the majority of the so called Norwich fans wouldn't have something to moan about. Seven games into the season and you are already calling for CH to be sacked. Be realistic, The Paul Lambert era was a one off and we were spoiled and every Norwich fan was keen to be part of that. The season does not start off too well and straight away you're asking for his head!!! So as true Norwich supporters why not stop the moaning and get behind CH, accept the bad times with the good. looking at the up and coming fixtures and being realistic we should be looking at having approx 20 points on the table before we play Chelsea on boxing day. much less than that and we could be in trouble. So give it until then before judging him and get behind the team etc, because negativity is only going to filter onto the pitch.

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    NCFC98

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • ok clever dick do you a degree .

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • would NCFC98 elaborate on the 20 points total by the chelsea game, where do you think they are coming from. On current performance I see 2 wins and four draws. Something has to change for a much bigger return and i humbly suggest CH sends the team out to win and not to not lose.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • This article seems a tiny bit defeatist, I'm sure however that's not the case, but it's all the negativity, can't be healthy. Last season was all about giving it a go, trying things, being fearless. I don't quite get that vibe anymore, I see how the ever increasingly used phrase 'second season syndrome' comes about, the magic of the first season seems lost. Got to give WBA, Stoke and Sunderland credit (there might be other recent ones to that list). I was hoping Norwich would emulate the progress they've made to become an established premier league club, sorry for the pessimism but it now looks very difficult for us to be included in the forementioned list. Never know if we survive this year though.

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    Billy

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Before we continue feeling too sorry for ourselves, spare a thought for Kettering Town who are probably going under any day. The club has been going 140 years and was once one of the top non-league sides. It has now been reduced to such a sad status that it could only field ten men for its last game, drew just 34 fans for the previous game and has today had the electricity cut off at its ground, Nene Park (formerly home of another defunct team, Irthlingborough Diamonds). At least we have a healthy, wel run club, with great support and (despite what may happen) are currently in the Premier League. At worst we'd be in the Championship next season, still playing to big, passionate crowds. The lights won't go out at Carrow Road whatever happens.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Give CH until Christmas and if we have got 18 points by then I think we have a chance of staying up. Agree with mad brewer we have to get tougher. More yellow cards please and the odd red. we need to get nasty

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    andys

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • ONLY 4 THIS TIME THATS A SHAME STILL ARSENAL NEXT HOPEFULLY THEY WILL MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL HE HE HE

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    whiteboy

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Before anybody points out doubts as to the veracity of Wiki, my info originally came from an expat family of lifetime Forest avids. Wiki merely confirms what they told me about the Holt\Calderdash thing @ Forest. Not good.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Dobby, whatever the Daily Sport, Beano & Dandy might say, it is "Chris Hughton".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Give CH until Christmas and if we have got 18 points by then I think we have a chance of staying up. Agree with mad brewer we have to get tougher. More yellow cards please and the odd red. we need to get nasty

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    andys

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Its a lot to due how this club is run at board level they want to be in the prem but do want to spend money on class players you cant keep buying from the lower leagues and expect to have a team that will stayv in the premeirship . L Lambert had three years to build this team but they stay up in the first season but he new they would not be able to stay a second season and with this board that don't like parting with big money that is need that maybe why he walked . the only way this club could ever stay in this league is for this club to have a buy out yes Delia there people out there who would'

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Well said Timbo. I accept it's not a level playing field but not happy with getting stuffed every week. We are better than that

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    andys

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • DOBBY, whatever the Daily Sport, Beano & Dandy might say, our manager`s name is Chris Hughton. Does mattc1 have inside info on Colderwood (sic) aka Calderwood? I have my doubts about him just because of his `Stella` career at Forest, where he played Holty on the wing (!) the season after GH was top scorer and fans` Player of the year, had a contract dispute with him (sound familiar?), entered an "uneasy truce" with Wonderhorse prior to flogging him to Shrewsbury for peanuts. After top-scoring and being voted Player of the Season there, the Shrews made a quick £150K profit by flogging him to Norwich for £400K. Holt `failed` at NCFC, only top-scoring in 3 consecutive seasons and likewise gaining 3 PoS Awards. He was 2nd top English goalscorer in the Prem behind Rooney. Now he`s reunited with his old pal Bewilderwood. Notably GH did not shake CH`s hand when being subbed at Chelsea. I can`t help feeling Calderdash is a liability. One on one with Holty, there can surely be no doubt of the winner? Unless Holty leaves. Wish we`d kept Culverhouse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Colderwood out, he hasn't a clue!

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    mattc1

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • " Ooh-Arr Sirr! We just be little old Narrwich. We ain't specking to win no games gainst the loikes of Marn United or Chelsea. Arl get back ter me bread an' cheese now an' plough me turnip field"........Why don't the yellow spectacles brigade get rid of the serf within their souls + actually get behind our team + expect them to win games? That's really supporting your team, not this "let's be glad we get the crumbs" attitude. You're beaten before you cross the white line with your attitude. Pretending everything is fine when quite clearly it's a shambles, isn't supporting your side. If you went into a restaurant + the meal was rubbish would you say something or just sit quitely + eat it because you didn't want to make a fuss? Exactly. It's only when people point out errors that problems can be put right. That's true loyalty....DOH!

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    Timbo

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Thank goddness for some common sense, blackdog2. Hate all the negativity shown here. The team need us behind them. Lets judge Chris Hughton when we've played the likes of Southampton, Wigan, Reading etc. There are a pool of teams who will down around about us all season and I am sure we have enough to come out on top.A huge positive is that Grant Holt looks as if he's found his scoring boots again. OTBC

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • lordyfan, can you tell us exactly who this "quality gaffer" is that you're asking for?

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • I made some of these points on an earlier story so apologies but I think a few of the negativistos need reminding of some hard facts about life in the Premier league. Torres and Hazard together cost more than it would take to buy our entire club - players, ground and everything else and Suarez cost more than the whole NC team that played against him. We don't have a sugar daddy with daft amounts of cash to spend but we do have owners committed to the long term success of the club, both on and off the pitch and I for one, would rather support a proper football club like ours than a plaything of a billionaire like Chelsea or Man City - even Fulham have received millions from Mohammed al Fayed over the years. Ours is a well run club these days, so if we do go down we won't do a Portsmouth, Leeds or Ipswich (or QPR if their chucking around money they don't have fails) I think we'll stay up, but if we don't we'll be better placed than most to bounce back up. People have short memories (or have only jumped on the NC bandwagon when we've been successful) but we've had many years when the outlook has been far less rosy than it is now. CH has a solid successful track record as a manager and a top quality player and McNally has demonstrated that he'll do the necessary, when necessary, so give them both the time they need, and please some of you, lay off the abuse. He's neither a clown nor a loser!! OTBC

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Colderwood out, he hasn't a clue!

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    mattc1

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • this 'Spankmeister ' thing, does it include rhine maidens and lederhosen, c'mon Swiss let on.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • There is an old saying that patience is a virtue surely we need a bit of that at the moment. Sure it has been a bad start which most people accept that even if PL was still here was likely. The second year was anticipated to be a lot harder and so it is proving. Looking at where city have come from in the last few years has spoilt us, we cannot expect constant success, we do not have the spending power of most clubs. The time to worry is if the other knot of clubs at the bottom get away. Relative to a lot of clubs City have spent peanuts but are getting into a good financial situation, several clubs have mortgaged their future and are at the bottom with us. Don't blame Hoots. he can only work with the money that McNasty makes available, the signs are there, let some of the easier games come and go, see where City are then. It could very well be a lot better than it appears at present. Hoots attitude is probably a lot different to what it appears, he does not like losing any more than anyone else but you cannot conjure up results if the resources to match others are not available.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • We cant all be good at everything or has Doc Hh No has a degree i would say NO

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • If you give the likes of Chelsea and Suarez a run at goal then you get punished. We are just not tight enough. I don't mean that you come out and thug the opposition over like Stoke do (and then complain about the diving to distract the attention) but we have become too soft. Don't "try and explain to the team Chris", tell them so that they are in no doubt about it. On the other issue, I don't know of "spankmeister" as a genuine German word, it sounds like an Americanism. A "stankmeister" would be one good at stinking things up, and we have a few of them on here.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Nobody said it would be easy. Isn`t that a song? Chelsea scored their 3rd from a set-piece - ours! Once Wes lost possession after our corner was cleared, Chelsea went thro` our midfield & "defence" like a hot knife thro` butter. About as soft a goal as you`ll see. We have seriously got to toughen up. Invoke the spirits of Big Dunc, Malky, et al or we`ll get more spankings. Apropos of nothing, what does "Spankmeister" mean, Swiss??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • mad it was spelled that way in a new paper f u

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    DOBBY1970

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • WOW the optmism from our own "supporters" amazes me sometimes!! I do actually think, that our "supporters" think we should be knocking on the door of the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City up the top!! Unbelievable!!

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    KevBarnbrook

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • nice to see you back Mad Brewer.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Before we continue feeling too sorry for ourselves, spare a thought for Kettering Town who are probably going under any day. The club has been going 140 years and was once one of the top non-league sides. It has now been reduced to such a sad status that it could only field ten men for its last game, drew just 34 fans for the previous game and has today had the electricity cut off at its ground, Nene Park (formerly home of another defunct team, Irthlingborough Diamonds). At least we have a healthy, wel run club, with great support and (despite what may happen) are currently in the Premier League. At worst we'd be in the Championship next season, still playing to big, passionate crowds. The lights won't go out at Carrow Road whatever happens.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Nearest alternative professional club: Head west on the ring road until its says 1p5wich A140, Take the exit and follow until you get to the A14. Turn left and follow signs for Portaloo Road.Plenty of spaces plenty of goals. Or you could come and watch Norwich play Arsenal. Villa aren't doing much better so stuff the Lambert factor. Its a tough league but prettier than the Championship or Div 1.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • The four games we've lost are all games we lost last season, only the Fulham game had a score line that was very different from last season. The disappointment is we didn't win the we should have, partly due to not taking the chances. Realistically we can't expect to win away at Spurs every season, that was still a good point. The draws to West Ham and QPR are what has let us down. We've got 3 points, did anyone really think we'd have more than 6 by this point? Norwich aren't massively behind where they'd expect to be. We need to worry if we're not picking up points in the up coming Villa, Stoke and Reading games.

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    James Dougall

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Ethered. Thanks for welcome back, Wiv.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • CH is so "nice" he has loser written all over him. C'mon McNasty, you know what has to be done.

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    el dingo

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • No more calls for Hoots out, get behind him, back him and make him feel welcome and wanted, look at how Wigan's season went last year, QPR also they beat the drop at the end. Its a long season there is plenty of time so dont be down on your team, this negative attitude filters back and the team dont want to play for the fans. Come on we need the 12th man out out there, Lets be having you. Sing for Hoots Sing for your team and COME ON YOU YELLOWS!

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Buy the way DOC OH NO i seen it spelled thay way in papers

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • Ah well, as long as it's in the papers it must be right!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • We are not doing as well as last season because the preferred tactics of the new manager do not work. The sooner he realises that you do not win games by falling further back in defence, the quicker we can get back to winning ways. Attack is the best form of defence.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • I still think CH will do well. He has come into a thriving team that was built on someone else's ideas. Keeping the momentum going while asserting your own ideas and methods was never going to click into place overnight. Give him time: there's still plenty of it. Good to see that Holty has found the net again. Would be good to see our other strikers joining in the action and relieving him of the burden.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Was listening to talksport on drivetime tonight, the presenters were saying Norwich are the worst team for some years to be playing in the Premiership! I'm worried we will beat Derby's record. I'm my opinion Houghton should stay but Colderwood should go ASAP. He was sacked by Hibs enough said.

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    mattc1

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • The best we can hope for is that Norwich remain a "yoyo" club, like Birmingham and West Brom, Premiership one season, Championship the next. This season it's our turn to go down. We will win 6 games, draw thirteen and be relegated, (probably with QPR and Reading). Get used to it. I blame the gold-digger Lambert. The club lost all momentum and direction when he walked out. Still, look on the bright side: 2 years ago the club announced a 5 year plan which would see Norwich back in the Premiership by 2014. We're well on course to achieve that. We just have to do a bit of "yoyo" beforehand.

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    User Removed

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Every fan has the right to criticise, when we've failed to win (when two wins were within our capability) and with the manner of our defeats. However, at this early stage of the season we need constructive, and not destructive, negative criticism. Calls for Hughton to go are premature. Calls for Hughton and the team to not only raise their game, but also over-achieve for a second season running are fully justified. Holt's coming back on form, Howson and Hoolahan have shown some neat touches, Martin and Johnson can still attack, and Bassong and Tettey look comfortable. We have enough about us to get out of the relegation zone and stay up this year, without either spending twice our income on wages or making managerial and wholesale squad changes. Now let's raise our perform against Arsenal the way we did at the Emirates last season!

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • What annoys me most of all is not the performances against some of the top teams - these are always going to be hard, but the opportunity missed by CH to build a squad that could defend and also attack with purpose - rather than buying a squad of midfielders (who do neither!) and another keeper to warm the bench. After Christmas last year our defence looked poor and we struggled. That form has continued into this season regardless of the manager. Bringing in Turner (waste of money) and injured players like Butterfield and then loaning out players who could have made an impact to the squad is bizarre and these are decisions were made by CH. I don't think getting rid of CH now is the answer - you can't get any players in till January. He has until then to make changes be it tactical or motivational to the current squad - failure to do either and we will be in real trouble.

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    kevin rymell

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • "What's that coming over the hill? It's Gary Megson, it's Gary Megson!!!"

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Not spelling got a grap key board

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • CH will not win the "battle of the bottom" because we are beaten from the second our first chance goes awol or the opposition gets their usual early goal. With Captain Negative at the helm, the SS Canary is sinking fast.

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    el dingo

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Every fan has the right to criticise, when we've failed to win (when two wins were within our capability) and with the manner of our defeats. However, at this early stage of the season we need constructive, and not destructive, negative criticism. Calls for Hughton to go are premature. Calls for Hughton and the team to not only raise their game, but also over-achieve for a second season running are fully justified. Holt's coming back on form, Howson and Hoolahan have shown some neat touches, Martin and Johnson can still attack, and Bassong and Tettey look comfortable. We have enough about us to get out of the relegation zone and stay up this year, without either spending twice our income on wages or making managerial and wholesale squad changes. Let's get stuck in to Arsenal the way we did at the Emirates last season!

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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